According to Antioxidants, a peer reviewed medical journal, CBD has two properties that they highlight throughout the study, and this includes CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties…
But why are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties important?
Oxidative stress and inflammation can lead to the development and progression of different diseases and even cancer (Hunter, 2012, Pizzino, et al., 2017).
Oxidative stress is something that naturally happens and is a normal part of our physiological process, but how can it harm us?
When we eat poor food selection, like fast food, they harmful to us down to a cellular level. Highly processed food and sugar creates inflammation, oxidative stress, and increase of free radical production which can lead to cellular/tissue damage and can even cause cells to become mutagenic (cancerous) (Pizzino, et al., 2017).
Although oxidation is a normal process (environmental pollution, sun exposure, dietary impact) neutralizing free radical production and reducing Reactive Oxidative Stress (ROS) is important for our overall wellbeing… hence why antioxidants in our diet/supplements (like fruits/veggies) is important.
CBD was shown to interrupt the development and progression of free radicals by “neutralizing” the free radicals to a lesser form and offering anti-inflammatory properties (Pizzino, et al., 2017).
Due to these 2 properties (anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant) that CBD holds, CBD is being considered as a new treatment for “…diabetes, diabetes-related cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular diseases (including stroke, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, and hypertension), cancer, arthritis, anxiety, psychosis, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disease (i.e., Alzheimer’s) and skin disease…” (Pizzino, et al., 2017).
Talk about a powerful plant compound…
*This information is for educational purposes and simply sharing of the information pertained to this particular study. No medical advice or claims are being made. We deserve to know and share this valuable information so we can take control of our own health.
Hunter P. (2012). The inflammation theory of disease. The growing realization that chronic inflammation is crucial in many diseases opens new avenues for treatment. EMBO reports, 13(11), 968–970. https://doi.org/10.1038/embor.2012.142
Pizzino, G., Irrera, N., Cucinotta, M., Pallio, G., Mannino, F., Arcoraci, V., Squadrito, F., Altavilla, D., & Bitto, A. (2017). Oxidative Stress: Harms and Benefits for Human Health. Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, 2017, 8416763. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8416763